Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Book Review: Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours

My Krodie felt that he owed me for something. I think I tried and failed to save his hard drive or something. Anyway, he bought me a book. It turns out Jim Butcher (Dresden Files author) had written a Spider-Man book. 

At this point of his life, Peter Parker is a high school science teacher. He's also been given temporary oversight of the basketball team while the coach is off with health problems. One particularly skilled student needs his vaccinations and needs to learn to work as a team. 

While swinging through the streets of New York one day Spider-Man gets a warning from his ex-girlfriend Felicia Hardy (a.k.a. Black Cat) that the mess he's heading for is really a trap. The Rhino is being used as bait by a group of ancient beings that eat creatures with animal connections for their powers. Their brother had died while fighting Spider-Man and they want revenge.

Both story lines have the theme of learning to ask for help and work as a team. We get to learn that The Rhino is an alright guy. And Felicia Hardy and MJ don't kill each other. 

You'll want to read this book because it's Jim Butcher writing it. Spider-Man is known for his sass mouth. Jim Butcher is, too. This book lets Butcher cut loose in ways that the Dresden Files book only hint at. 

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